Sideloading Gears 5 is similar to sideloading Gears 4. You need to grab the URL the store is using to download the game with a proxy tool like fiddler, then download that URL with a download manager.
Gears 5 is an msixvc file instead of an eappx file. You can still install this via the add-appxpackage command.
I ran into issues trying to run add-appxpackage from a network drive. It worked after copying to a local drive and running the command again.
Why go through the trouble? Because the Microsoft store’s DRM is so bad it requires complete re-installs when anything goes wrong. This is very annoying for those of us on less than gigabit internet connections trying to reinstall a 60+ GB game.
Installing Gears of War 4 on Windows can only be described as a hellish nightmare. Here are my notes on how I finally got it to install and run.
- Download file with fiddler and a download accelerator, as outlined here:
[GUIDE v2.0] How to download install package for Windows Store games (bypass Store download issues or for install on another PC) from pcgaming
- Once you have the file, begin installing / downloading the game from the Windows store. Get several hundred MB / a few GB, then pause download.
- Open powershell (no need to be an admin) and run the following:
After finish, close windows store and re-open, launch from there.
You may need to repeat removal and installation process many times, but now that you have the EAPPX file, it should be much less painful.